Move for 30 minutes a day and turbo charge your life!
In today’s society, we are all far more sedentary than our ancestors. We all know that we have to work more at keeping fit. However, the emphasis on long sweaty sessions in the gym might not be relevant any more. Doctors are now recommending that just thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day, or just over two hundred minutes a week, is all you need to give your life a total boost, improving your fitness and boosting your mood naturally.
Improve your health
Research shows that thirty minutes of exercise boosts mood and eases depression and anxiety. Clinical psychologists at Duke University found a direct link between those who exercised and improved mood. They concluded that exercise could even been compared to antidepressants even in patients with major depressive disorders. Increasing and sustaining your heart rate for a minimum of thirty minutes releases natural feel good chemicals called endorphin's into the bloodstream, improving your mood and giving you more energy, working as a natural antidepressant.
It’s time to act! A new study, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, monitored sixty slightly overweight but healthy Danish men for over twelve weeks. Those working out for just thirty minutes a day lost a third more weight than those who did an hour long work out. Shorter work outs can help you lose more weight and decrease the chance of the weight-associated risks, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. As well as leaving you with more energy, it can motivate you to lead an overall healthier lifestyle. You will also tone up and increase oxygen in the blood stream by just moving for thirty minutes a day.
Increase your happiness
Combine movement with things you enjoy and you have the perfect recipe for happiness. It could be a walk with friends, dancing at a class or cycling. It doesn’t matter what you do, and it certainly doesn’t have to be an iron man challenge, often the simplest things are the best.
Having a simple goal, such as a walk after dinner or at lunchtime every day can be more achievable than a hard core gym programme, which can be all too easy to drop when the going gets tough. Of course, the amount of movement can be accumulative, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, parking a little further away from work.